Scientists under attack

Cell culture manager Sanaz Arenivas displays cells used for cloning cattle and other livestock inside a cloning lab at ViaGen in Austin, Texas (Reuters / Jessica Rinaldi)

­Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common: they were both distinguished scientists and their careers are now in ruins. Both issued warnings against the sale of genetically-modified food and both are now suffering the fate of those who raise their voices against an industry geared to financial interests rather than the public good. Director Bertram Verhaag’s exposé paints a vivid picture of a scientific community in danger of losing its objectivity in the face of pressure from the commercial sector.
Scientists Under Attack persuasively argues that the future of scientific freedom is under threat. Today, 95% of research into genetic engineering is paid for by industry interests, and objectivity – supposedly the very core of scientific discipline – is all too often a casualty.
So can we, the public, still trust our scientists?

Producer: Denkmal-Films
Director : Bertram Verhaag

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